Off to Norway, Nina permitting!

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Monday, June 14, 2010

There is nothing much to report from the last few days, we were mostly still in Dösingen. Felix is finally happy with the work he has done to Nina and managed to leave her alone for a whole day! Well nearly, he did have to have a little poke. This morning we left as planned to start the trip to Norway with a short visit to Kieselbronn en-route, it’s so exciting to be finally heading that way. The dream of seeing the midnight sun is coming closer to reality. Friday night we went to a party for all the high school graduates, the same as what is known in Australia as ‘schoolies’. This was a really nice way to do schoolies though,  a big circus tent in a field with a few DJ’s, a bar, pizza stand, and camping in the field behind the tent. Going to this party I was feeling a lot like a ‘Toolie’, which  in Australia is someone who goes to schoolies but finished school years ago. However Germans don’t seem to have this issue. We spent the night having drunken conversations with many of Daniel’s friends we met last time in Dösingen. It was very nice to see them again.

So Felix and I woke up on the couch in Tanja’s flat again, a little hungover, just like so many times before back in winter when we were only a few short weeks into our adventure. How time has flown - and all the things we have seen and done since then! Sometime after midday, Daniel, Tanja, Felix and I, after a detour to Daniel’s recording studio to open the door for a friend to get their bass amp out, made it to the supermarket and bought a mass of supplies for cooking lunch. At home, I don’t know what the boys did but Tanja and I went into a cooking frenzy - witzwurst, Pretzels and chicken soup where all on the go.

After a hearty four o’clock breakfast (yes breakfast), Felix did more mechanical Ural research while Daniel, Tanja and I made a veggie garden, which I don’t think I ever took a picture of sadly. After two or three hours of digging, carrying edging rocks, carful German precision to lay the edging stones all level and straight and some extra compost, we were ready to plant. In went a cherry tomato, a mixture of salads, eggplants, zucchinis and radishes. The only thing missing for great sandwiches is a  sliced cheese tree.A  quick trip to MediaMarkt was made after gardening to exchange our new computer - the first one we brought home was discovered to have a dead pixel, so we had to go back and switch it for another... Yes, I let Felix  buy a new Mac... Only because our dear little PC was full to the brim of it’s capacity and has been making trouble for awhile being pushed so hard and roughed around. Very sad times to say goodbye to little EeePC. I’m absolutely no cooler, professional or intelligent for having a Mac despite many other people who have changed from PC to Mac feeling this way in the past.  

Another session at Zoigl was an option for the evening activity, but after Friday night and general tiredness for both of us, we ended up having a quite night in, watching the soccer, a few friends for dinner and a beer and some planning for  life back in melbourne. Sunday was another big sleep-in day. In the afternoon I had another practice ride of Nina and we had a barbecue with some friends at Alex’s house before going to watch the Australia vs. Germany World Cup game, which if you are one to be concerned about results and such things made for a very bad day.

So, having told everyone we were leaving early this morning, typically we didn’t make it out the driveway until three PM because we slept in until twelve and then Felix found one more thing he wanted to check and adjust before we set off. But now after a pretty short, pleasant and uneventful ride we have made it back to Kieselbronn. As we pulled into the driveway Harald, Ute, Philip, Herbert, Connie and Hardy threw up their hands and cheered, a royal welcome.
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David (non UK PM) Cameron on

By the way, Floss mentions the missing sliced cheese tree. Did you know here in the great land downunder we really do have a cheese tree? I've met the tree in the rainforests of NSW where it produces charming little fruits shaped exactly like Italian cheese cakes tied radially with string and which break into slices with seeds in each slice. So we really do have a sliced cheese tree.

Julie on

Thanks for sharing stories from your trip! So special to get a glimpse of your experiences! I've enjoyed reading on your blog while Lilja is asleep in the sling on my stomack. Poor Lilja is pretty sick with a bit of fever, stuffed nose and a bad sounding cough. Hopefully a lot of rest and quiet will help her.

At the moment the rest of the gang is over at #4 celebrating John's birthday after having a bit of a working bee at #5.

We are working as much as we can to get everything finished and ready to move in at #5 in beginning of July. Unfortunately Virgil has been sick with a terrible cough and Lilja has not been sleeping so well I have had many nights now with poor sleep. Luckily we get lots of support from the family ;o)

I am sooo excited about you heading towards Norway! I hope you have a great time there!!!

All the best and lots of love!


Mandy Black on

Fantastic, divine, beauty all around, the photo's are amazing, love the house, love the feet, love love love the colour. Great job team. You two are having such a great time I am so happy you are enjoying yourselves so much and in good health, thank goodness. Love Germany, the Architecture to me is just incredible, not to mention the history. Keep up the wonderful posts and photo's, you should be so proud of yourselves. Love and hugs and stay safe. xxoo

Gauss on

Hi men! Nice to read you again. I hope you can see the midnight sun for me too. I think that Nina can get it.
A big kiss from Sardegna! (you have to show also this place to Nina, it is splendid!)

Miwa on

How lovely to get a royal welcome on arrival! You deserve it, managing to get so far against all odds with the playful Nina :-)

Love your thoughts on moving from PC to Mac, Floss, hilarious.

How nice it must be to be stopping in at what are already old haunts for you, as you visit 'old' friends/family who you've seen before!

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